Top of the Blogs 2017 #5

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Responding to Trump’s ‘discoarse’? An African humanist philosophy may be the way
Where do we draw the line between free speech and unchecked speech? Using US president Donald Trump and South African president Jacob Zuma as examples, Leyla Tavernaro-Haidarian shows how difficult it is to distinguish between the two. She points out that it depends significantly on one’s subjective perception. According to her, Prof. Thad Metz might have the solution for this controversy. The humanist believes that it is justifiable to proportionally violate the personhood of a figure of public interest, if it serves the purpose of calling out a harmful act.

Helen Zille and 'valuable aspects of colonial heritage'
Helen Zille, Premier of the Western Cape, controversially appealed via twitter not to neglect the positive aspects of colonialism, such as independent justice, infrastructure and piped water. Blogger Jacques Rousseau criticizes the statements of the politician as an attempt at justifying colonialism and its consequences for South Africa. He points out that it is not possible to estimate the country's potential developments and progress without the influence of colonialism, since this is a counterfactual condition.

The Politics of Good Cops and Bad Cops in Tanzania
Blogger Chambi Chachage suspects the divergences between Tanzania’s president John Magufuli and the Minister for Justice and Constitutional Affairs to be no more than a put-up job. After the ministers “no birth certificate, no marriage” order raised indignation, the president rescinded the order saying he did not know about it. Chachage doubts whether this is the case or if Magufuli just took advantage of the favourable situation to make himself popular.

Sensitivity in the age of the internet meme
Social media networks as a part of our daily lives led to the rise of the internet meme, which describes the internet phenomena of sharing more or less comical images, paired with matching subtitles and comments for entertainment purposes. Author Koketso Moeti appeals to the creators and spreaders of those memos to question the backgrounds of the photos. It is very important to ensure that the photos haven’t been used abusively, since many of these images got taken in very different contexts and could, paired with the comments and subtitles, humiliate the illustrated people.

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